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    Racist Republicans say Obama is Alligator bait

    This was reported and written by Melissa McEwan on the Shakesville sire: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2008/09/obama-racismmuslimunpatrioticscary.html I sent it to everyone I know and wated to post it here so that it can be as clear as possible what we are dealing with in this election. Republicans are stuck in the past and as racists as ever. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - by Melissa McEwan... There was some discussion last night in the open convention thread about a conventioneer wearing a hat which appeared to be an alligator gripping an effigy of Barack Obama in its jaws. Pet provided a picture; this morning, Shaker InfamousQBert sent me a better image: It's pretty clearly Obama in the alligator's mouth; it may even be the official Barack Obama Action Figure. And, aside from the general eliminationist messaging there, this display should be viewed within a historical cultural narrative that frames African-Americans as alligator bait. At the link, you will find an: bq. Aanalysis
    of a large collection of artifacts with racist African American imagery
    reveal[ing] several common themes. One is the portrayal of Black
    people, especially (often naked) children, as food for alligators.
    Imagery of Blacks as "alligator bait" can be found on prints,
    postcards, and even in product advertising. Some modern-day items still
    connect Black people to hungry alligators. "Alligator bait" is even, sickeningly, a recognized ethnic slur, used typically to refer to black children. Is it possible that an older member from a southern delegation is unaware of that narrative? Yes. Is it likely? No. And it doesn't really matter, anyway—ignorance may be a reason for bigotry, but it's no excuse. The RNC should issue an immediately apology to Obama for allowing this sort of shit to go on at their convention. But I won't hold my breath.
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